Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I love market

This December I will be selling my jewellery at the "I love market", this is a designer goods market and its bound to be filled with beautiful designer wear. My worst problem is I usually buy just as much as I sell. I'll have to call on my friends to restrain me. I will be sharing a stand with Christy Bestwick, Jadi Clark, and Nick Rose to name a few. So once again I ask for good luck wishes.

To all those jewellers out there that are frantic to finish Christmas stock i wish you all the best for your Christmas season.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tree's exhibition.

I've just drop off 6 pieces for a group themed exhibition at "Artisan Contemporary Gallery", on Florida rd in Durban. The theme for this collection is "Trees" and so i decided to make bonsai pendants that came on patina copper pot stands. They look so beautiful all together on their wooden table. This range has opened up a tun of possibilities in my work, and even though i am exhausted, I'm very exited about them. Here are some sneak previews.

Pre press photo's of the first bonsai pendant i made with prototype stand.

Pics of some of the pieces before i took them to the gallery, with their individual stands and wooden bench.

I just love this idea for displaying a group of work together it just finishes of the collection. Wish me luck for the opening i hope everyone enjoys my new creations.

Thanks to all my students.

Wow what a manic month, I've finally finished my teaching year just a few bits of paper work to finish of. I love teaching Design and Drawing in the D.U.T. Jewellery Department and its very sad to say good bye. I've watched so many new creative just simply blossom and thrive and its exiting to see them go into the world. But now I too need to go into the world and blossom and thrive. I look forward to new adventures and exhibitions in Oz, I even look forward to the possibility of lecturing there. I just don't think my work would have as much meaning if I couldn't help others to grow and see their full potential.

Thanks for the great times D.U.T. you are all my angels!

Angelica pendant

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ethereal bliss

I've just come across the most beautiful instillation work by Su Blackwell. The funny thing is that a friend of mine printed me a picture of her work last year, so I've had it on my wall for a while but never really known who created this inspiring instillation, until now. Its worth an oogle any way so here is her link and a few pics.

Su Blackwell

"While you were sleeping", instillation

"Magnolia tree", book cut sculpture:


Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I've been perusing for images of chrysanthemums today. This is to go with this layered idea that seems to be surfacing. It was only when i started to look that i realised the thread of influence and significance in my work. I love to look at idea's that have been shelved, again. Sometimes they just need to mature a bit.

Here are some of those ideas i found around my new work space:

Here are some of the images i found on the net:

These silk painting are amazing they remind me of well known paintings of Georgia O'Keefe's

I also found this stamp from a Google search on layered flowers. Imagine i similar element or pattern that you alter the positive and negative shapes in layered etched metal and enamel.

Ill keep you posted with my own development.

Monday, September 22, 2008

A clean slate and fresh ideas

I've just come back from a very brief but exiting trip to Brisbane. I saw so many intriguing and interesting things that my head is reeling with new ideas.
I find my self looking more and more at the contrast between the organic form and an industrial influence, noticing rather the layering of pattern and texture, looking at architecture, interior design and every day life. There just seems to be a tapestry of things to draw from these days. I would love to combine this with the flora that i draw my inspirations create my own objects with that same feeling of richness.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Daisy ring

I've just finished the most beautiful daisy ring in 18ct white gold, with two set diamonds in the centre.

I'm glad i got it finished before i go off on my holiday.
I'm simply salivating over the idea of new and interesting things to look at and discover in Brisbane.
I hope the weather is great.

Friday, August 22, 2008


My rings

I often start with a ring when I'm working out a new element or idea. For me that's what best suites the sculptural aspects of my work and even though i work " the shank " as a completed piece and " the setting " they both need to come together as one cohesive unit.

Design for a conceal and reveal sead pod ring

These are pics of a ring i made in 2006, i called it a "conceal and reveal" ring because the viewer or wearer needs to pear into the cavity of the ring to see the flower within or they could be distracted by the seemingly exploding seeds.

The ring reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy sand sculptures, or little treasures to conceal in the hand like Jacomyn van Der Donk's rings.

"conceal and reveal" ring 2006
silver and Job's Tears seed beads

Other rings

To get a true sense of rings as inspirational ideas you only have to look at The carrot box. This site has a blog attached to it that deals with inspirational rings and has been active since 2003. For me this blog is a reference "book" of note and I so encourage everyone to look though it a couple of times.

Individual inspirational rings

Nora Fok:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trying out an open day

An old Tudor house seems untouched by time. The tranquility of the foliage, birds, and well placed water fountains invite you in to relax as they cocoon you in from the out side hassle and bustle. An old would smell of fresh muffins and scones fill the air and the only thought that seems to fill your head is " I'm home!". This is the place that i found myself displaying my work recently.

When people mention the words "open day", i generally cringe. For those of you not in the know this is an event held at someones home usually to sell clothing, make up or in the old day probable Tupperware. Now a days its a little more stylish with beautifully decorated homes being the backdrop of high fashion and designer ware.Opening their homes to the public or a large group of Friends.

Seems just a little pretentious for my taste, that is until now.

When my sisters friend Kim offered to have an "open day" at her house i found my self jumping at the opportunity to try out this form of retail once more. Perhaps its because Kim is such a vibrant person that i felt it ought to be given a second chance.

There is so much that you can get from these opportunities that i recommend you give it a try. Besides exposure to a new market that is unbiased to your type of work, you could as i did take the opportunity to test your versatility when setting up your jewellery in a different setting. I used white plater plates because the showcases just did not fit in with the decor.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Poetry and motion

Its stormy out side and the wind seems charged with energy. I have just set up a research blob. I am finding that i need my gathered information at hand more and more. As i have packed up so many items over the last months I clutch on my past journals afraid to loose them in the move. So a blog seems perfect.

Whilst i was looking through one of my journals i came across this old poem/descriptive writing that just seem to be appropriate.

27 Feb 2006

She clutches a bouquet of emotions
Close to her heart,
The weight ways heavy on her soul.
The tears run down her cheek
As a small glimmer of hope from within,
Tells her that change is possible and emotions can be controlled.
The first step is hard but with time and hindsight the path will become easier.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Angelica pendat

Its definitely the year for stones!

My niece had her 13th birthday recently and what better present for a 13 year old girl than a silver pendant with a topaz, especially when its an Angelica pendant from your Aunt.

The angelica pendant actually derives from an interpretation of a stags horn fern which i made into an element in 2004.

When i made my element into a mold, i played around with the way the positives came out, often miss injecting them and manipulating the wax form. They began to transform into individual angel like pieces which i called "Angelica". No two ever come out the same by making them in this laborious way but i would not change a thing.

Friday, August 8, 2008

A warm moment in the sun

Wind swept and broken
It holds endless journeys

Sleeping awake, my mind
Drifts to lands unknown
Captured moments
In a seed pod of memories and fantasies

By Michelle Pujol

I've just come from my favourite gardens, were i took a moment with some friends to stop, breath, and chase butterflies or at least attempt to. I feel some what refreshed after a really stressful week of deadlines, moving, teaching and adjusting. The gardens are my constant in a shifting world. I look forward to "that" feeling in a new gardens in Brisbane with new plants and new butterflies to grab my attention.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Large lotus flower pendant/brooch

I had the most beautiful cut amethyst that my father cut for my mother many moons ago before he died. I've always felt so precious about it, not wanting to undermine its beauty and significance. Finally it came together in a beautiful pendant that can also be worn as a brooch. A significant piece of jewellery for my mom that she could certainly enjoy and be proud of.

I love this piece and its form that seems do interesting from different angles. It reminds me of my large lotus flower ring. And I've been wanting to make a similar piece for a while now.

Side view showing the catch area and the suspended centre flower

Back of the piece shows the hidden brooch element and the leaf attachments fro the chain

My mum in a pose

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Inspirational artists, images and objects

I've just found a catalogue for designer furniture by Weylandts that reminded me of one of my favourite artist: Andy Goldsworthy.

I love how his works are captured on film and immortalised. But nature inevitable engulfs and surrounds his works of art, or does his work engulf and surround nature?

The contrast of the red leaves in a cool quite pool seems to echo in my mind. A play of contrasting colours and textures.

..... There seems to be a lot in the way of advertising and imagery that reminds me of his work lately, even some of my own work as it develops from past ideas into refined forms that i find myself creating. Perhaps its time to do a little reflecting, on the artist, the ideology and some of my own themes.

Friday, July 11, 2008

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A daisy's love affair with the moon

Here are a few pics from the opening night of "Fiction and Fantails" exhibition, which opened last Thur night at Artisan Contemporary Gallery, in Durban.

The gallery before it got busy......

My neck piece was worn by one of the models in a fashion show held at the gallery on the opening night.

Here is some of my other jewellery that was showcased on the night........

......and just 2 more pics

Thank you to everyone for there support and wonderful comments on my new range.


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